Hayseed: A New Summer Seasonal from Smuttynose

Smuttynose Brewing Co. recently announced that Hayseed, a grisette, will replace Summer Weizen as the brewery's summer seasonal.

"Thirst-slakingly low (just 3.8%), we brew Hayseed as a country table beer in the grisette-style with a rustic blend of oats, barley and wheat and fermented with a spicy saison yeast strain from France. Hayseed brings a lot to the table in a package that'll only seem small because you didn't bring enough to the cook-out."  Smuttynose Brewing Co.    

  • ABV:  3.8%
  • IBU:  10
  • Starting Extract: 8° Plato
  • Malts:  North American 2-Row, Pilsner, Wheat, Acidulated Malt, Oat Malt
  • Hops:  Sterling
  • Yeast:  French Saison
  • Disclosure:  Samples provided by brewery

Session IPAs have been all the rage recently. While I love session beers, the seemingly endless run of low alcohol IPAs has grown tiresome. I'm glad to see a less common style featured as a session option.

Tasting Notes:  Golden straw in color, hazy, with a white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of grass and lemon along with mild notes of pepper and clove. Taste starts with mild lemon. In the middle, grainy and bready malt flavors are prominent. Alcohol is not present in aroma or flavor. Hayseed is light bodied, dry, and finishes with light herbal notes and a mild funkiness.

I really enjoyed this beer! It's a great option for summer drinkingor anytime, for that matter. The good news is that Hayseed is available now through the end of August. The bad news is it's not available in Oregon. I guess I'll have to try and make a homebrew version.

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